Is there any time duration for consummation of marriage?

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Is there any time duration for cossumation of marriage? As in Pakistan it is mostly known as rukhsati. Please provide answers in the light of Quran and Hadith.


In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.

As-salāmu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatullāhi wa-barakātuh.

Nikah makes consummation permissible for the spouses immediately after nikah[1]. There is no time duration for the permissibility of consummation after the nikah. However, if the spouses have agreed to have the rukhsati after some time and the spouses uphold the agreement, then that is a moral issue.

And Allah Ta’āla Knows Best

Immad Bin Arshad

Student Darul Iftaa
California, USA

Checked and Approved by,
Mufti Ebrahim Desai.

[1] الدر المختار وحاشية ابن عابدين (رد المحتار) (3/ 3)

(عَقْدٌ يُفِيدُ مِلْكَ الْمُتْعَةِ) أَيْ حِلَّ اسْتِمْتَاعِ الرَّجُلِ

الدر المختار وحاشية ابن عابدين (رد المحتار) (3/ 4)

مِنْ امْرَأَةٍ لَمْ يَمْنَعْ مِنْ نِكَاحِهَا مَانِعٌ شَرْعِيٌّ

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